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Level One Open Water Swimming Course

This is the course for you if you have never swum in open water before!
It is for anyone who has never swum in open water, has panicked in open water or is entering their first race.

The course is always run by a qualified NOWCA Coach and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.  There are both theory and practical elements to the level one course. The coach will put you at ease as they go through important safety procedures and the basic technical skills that will aid your swimming experience in open water during the course and beyond. Listen and learn at least 40 important tips – all really useful and part of the syllabus. Once you have seen and heard these it is time to put them into practice. Normally you will be put into groups according to ability and experience. You will also be asked to partner up for safety. Your like minded partner could be a new friend for life!

Each group will be led step by step in a relaxed but safe environment. Overseen by qualified safety personnel and a safety craft. After successfully completing your course you should be competent to train and race in open water. Occasionally there are people who need further instruction and this normally is in the form of a 1-2-1 where a swimmer can get a little more attention than that found in a group.

NOWCA Wristband must be worn during the session. This is the safety system we use at London Royal Docks OWS. If you don’t have one – please register & purchase this here – You will be able to collect you band when you arrive for your course.

Level One Group Coaching Sessions are £39.95 -please select a course date below and book your place

Level Two Open Water Swimming Course

This course is for anyone who has attended level one, or currently swimming in open water comfortably but feels they can improve.

You will be taken to the next level of your ability incorporating the techniques we learnt in the first course. There will be a short recap on the level one techniques as we practise those within this level however now the emphasis is on the following key elements:
  • How we can maximise  your swim pace using open water swimming techniques
  • Advanced open water strokes and sighting techniques and drills
  • Getting comfortable working in tight groups
  • Navigating a course under pressure with increased speed
  • Transition 1 practice drills

Level Two Group Coaching Sessions are £39.95 -please select a course date below and book your place

1-2-1 Coaching with a Qualified Coach

These coaching sessions are designed for anyone who would rather have the personal attention of their coach in one water. These can be arranged for those looking to start their open water swimming journey through to olympic triathletes. These sessions will run in the normal swim session times and last for one hour.

Please book below and our coaches will be in contact to arrange a mutually suitable session date and time.

Train 4 The Tri Coaching Course

This course is perfect if you’re looking to enter your first Triathlon or are taking part in the London Triathlon this year. You will need to already have some experience in open water and preferably have already completed a Level One Course.

Full details and how to book your place can be found here.